Types of Roofing for Homes

What's the Best Roofing Material?

When it comes to roofing materials, you have a wide variety to choose from. The best type of roofing for your house will depend on your location, your budget, and your personal preferences.

In this post, we'll take a look at some popular roofing materials. When it's time to install your new roof, call a professional contractor with experience in roofing work.

Slate Roofing

Slate is the right choice if you want a long-lasting, low-maintenance roof. Slate is stone and that means it's almost indestructible. Slate is fireproof and pest-resistant. It has an attractive, upscale look. On the downside, a slate roof is costly to buy and time-consuming to install.

  • Slate roofs have lasted decades and even centuries.
  • Slate is heavy and requires extra-strong structural support.
  • Repairs consist of simply replacing individual, damaged tiles.

Wood Shingle Roofing

If you want an all-natural material that's breathable and not too heavy, try wood shingles. A wood shingle roof will last from 15 to 25 years. For an eco-friendly option that also looks great, consider using cedar shingles or shakes.

  • Wood is the most sustainable roofing material.
  • Shingles are easy to install and can be found in many affordable options.
  • A wooden roof requires regular maintenance and control of mildew growth.

Wood Shake Roofing

Shakes are thicker versions of the traditional thin wood shingle. Shakes give a rustic, one-of-a-kind appearance that makes them a popular choice for certain homes. On the negative side, they require regular maintenance to stay strong.

  • Shake roofs can last from 35 to 50 years with proper maintenance.
  • Wood is not fire-resistant and can be affected by water damage and pests.
  • Shakes are good at allowing ventilation and cross-currents to pass through the home.

Composite Shingle

Sometimes made of recycled materials, composite shingles are an affordable way to get the look of shingles in a lower-cost version. Composite shingles don't last as long as other roofing types. On the plus side, they are low in price and installation is fast and easy. 

  • Ask your roofing professional about the durability of the brand you're purchasing.
  • Never power wash a composite shingle roof.
  • Have your shingles inspected after a major weather event like a blizzard or hurricane.

Metal Roofing

A popular choice in the past, metal roofing is making a comeback. Metal roofs can have a 50-year lifespan and require very little maintenance.

  • Request standing-seam installation if you want a metal roof.
  • Metal roofs are now being made to resemble other roof types, including shingles, shakes, clay tiles and historic roofs.
  • Regular inspections will help you maintain the roof's integrity.

Clay Tile Roofing

A distinctive feature of homes along the Mediterranean seashore, in Spain and in our own Southwestern deserts, clay roofs are prized for their ability to keep houses cool. Some tile roofs are 100 years old or more. A disadvantage is that they can crack if they're exposed to cycles of freezing and thawing, and not ideal for the Northern Virginia winters.

  • Clay offers a stylish appearance that's especially suited to warm-weather locations.
  • Like slate, clay is fire-resistant and impervious to pests, rot, and mildew.
  • To avoid breakage, never walk on a clay roof.

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